6-day lockdown in Delhi: Kejriwal
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday announced a six-day lockdown in the Capital. He said it is being done to prevent a collapse of the city’s health system.
The lockdown, he said, will come into effect at 10 pm on Monday, and be in force till 5am next Monday.
The 6-day lockdown will come into effect from 10 pm today and will stay in place till 5 am April 26 (next Monday), the chief minister said, adding that essential services will be permitted during the period, reports Timesnownews.com.
“I won’t say that the health system has collapsed but it has reached its limits,” he said.
The announcement came a day after Delhi reported its highest-ever single-day Covid-19 spike of over 25,462 cases.
The CM said essential services, food services, medical services will be exempted. Weddings can be held with a gathering of only 50 guests and passes will be issued separately for it. A detailed order will be issued shortly, he said, reported the media.
Kejriwal urged migrant workers to not leave the city. He said: “I appeal to you with folded hands. It’s a small lockdown, only for 6 days. Don’t leave Delhi. I’m very hopeful that we won’t need to further extend the lockdown…The government will take care of you.”
Kejriwal concluded the press conference by saying: “In the next 6 days, we will make arrangements for more beds in Delhi. We thank the Central government for helping us. The lockdown period will be used to arrange oxygen, medicine. I request everyone to follow the guidelines.”